No. 3 BYU Men's Volleyball Sweeps USC|
Feb. 10, 2017
Jake Langlois had 12 kills and Tim Dobbert added 11 kills while hitting .500 to help the No. 3-ranked BYU men’s volleyball team sweep unranked USC, 27-25, 25-17, 25-16, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (Feb. 10) at USC’s Galen Center.
BYU improved to 10-2 overall and 5-1 in the MPSF. The Trojans fell to 3-9 overall and 2-7 in MPSF play.
Both teams were without a key player. The Trojans were missing Gianluca Grasso of Brazil, who joined USC 3 weeks ago from a local junior college but was sidelined earlier this week after spraining his ankle in practice. The Cougars were missing kill leader Ben Patch, who was held out with an undisclosed injury.
Erik Sikes had a match-leading 12 digs for BYU, while teammate Price Jarman had a match-best 5 blocks.
BYU hit .352 in the match to USC’s .168. The Cougars also had more blocks (9.0 to 4.0), digs (36 to 27) and aces (4 to 1).
USC got off to an 11-5 start in the first set before BYU slowly climbed back and took the lead by using a 3-0 run to go up 20-18, but the Trojans then used their own 3-0 run to forge a 23-22 lead before the Cougars regained control and scored the final 3 points to take the set while hitting .421. BYU scored 5 consecutive points to build a 12-8 lead in the second set and steadily pulled away while hitting at a .385 clip and getting 15 digs. BYU scored 5 of the third set’s first 6 points and never surrendered the lead.
USC next hosts a pair of MPSF matches in the Galen Center, first facing No. 8 Stanford on Thursday (Feb. 18) at 6 p.m. PT in a contest that will be shown live on Pac-12 Network, Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Bay Area, and then welcoming No. 9 Pepperdine on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 7 p.m. PT.